Millersville University, Faculty Senate
FACULTY SENATE MEETING
7 May 1996
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Senate approved the 16 April 1996 meeting
minutes with the following corrections: on page 3987, Undergraduate Course
and Program Review Committee, under HUMN 302: change "...Spring of 1977..."
to "...Spring of 1997..." Additional corrections are given on Chairperson D.
Eidam's 26 April 1996 memorandum to the senate (see Attachment A). There were
two corrections to today's Agenda: under Section VIII, Proposed Courses and
Programs, change HUMN 302 from "...Spring 1977..." to "...Spring of
1997." Under HPED350, change "...Spring 1996..." to "...Fall 1996..."
Chairperson D. Eidam announced that he had previously (26 April 1996)
circulated to senators a revised agenda and correction to the 16 April
minutes (see Attachment A). Since Dean A.
Hoffman is in Harrisburg, the Class Schedule Audit Task Force will defer its
report from today until the 11 July 1996 senate meeting. Senate's next
(Summer) meeting will be 4:05-5:45 PM, Thursday, 11 July 1996, in Roddy
Science Center, room 137.
Undergraduate Course and Program Review Committee Chairperson, T. Woo,
has announced that she intends to resign. Senate R. Fulmer will also
resign from senate and the general education committee because he will be
elsewhere next year. During the Fall election meeting (3 September
1996), senate will additionally vote on replacements for the chairperson
of the UCPRC and for Fulmer. Last week Eidam sent a form listing senate
committee vacancies to individual faculty members on campus. Senators
can use the form to nominate and submit written documents in support of
candidates for open senate positions.
Eidam will make corrections to the nominations form and send it to all
faculty in late August (at least the week before the semester begins).
Nominations and statements have already arrived. Either the nominator or
the nominee can submit the supporting statements. The nominations and
supporting statements may be hard copied or emailed to the chairperson.
In the mailing that Eidam sent senators between meetings (see Attachment
A), he listed some of the recommendations that are pending and one that
needs to be added, an Archeology minor and option.
Eidam received annual reports from some committees but not all. If he
does not receive the missing ones in a few days, he will send out a
delinquency notice. Eidam also sent a blank disk asking committee chairs
to please put their reports on disks, either MAC or PC, Word or
WordPerfect. Senator M. Warmkessel will place the reports on senate's
WWW homepage. It will be a great help to her to receive the reports on a
floppy disk. She must manually type the reports otherwise.
Eidam thanked many committee chairs for doing their own food pickups.
Senate saved money every two weeks for several committes. The Web Page
is continuously improving with additional information being added
regularly. The secretary will attach this year's committee reports to
the minutes of this meeting (see Attachment B)(see Committee Reports) Senate will not bind
the annual reports in a separate mailing.
Senate passed the plus/minus grade policy but without an accompanying
rationale. Eidam has begun to write the rationale after listening to the
last two senate meetings on tape. If senators would like to add any
additional rationale, please email or drop a note to Eidam. Eidam also
sent senators between meetings a proposed form for academic proposals for
everything except undergraduate and graduate courses. Senator T. Woo
made the most suggestions and feels the proposal form is appropriate.
Eidam asked for senate's approval of the form. A W. Dorman/J. Piperberg
motion to approve the new form passed. The three new forms
(undergraduate course, graduate course, and academic proposal forms will
be effective 1 June 1996. After that date, senate will not accept the
old forms. Eidam will sned the new forms to department chairs and others
who need it.
Eidam sent senators the Provost's statement on administrative approvals
of senate passed academic policies (see the Provost's memo in Attachment
A). Eidam said he liked the strike through format that the Provost used
to make editorial changes to a few proposed senate academic policies.
Eidam asked if senators would like to discuss any of the administrative
changes. Senate approved the administration's editorial changes.
President J. Caputo gave an update on the budget. The governor's budget
is unlikely to go through as proposed. Caputo is worried about whether
we can hold on to the budget as proposed. The commonwealth has serious
financial problems. The legislature has not received favorably any
suggestion of raising txes. higher education may be an easy target for
Last Saturday MU held the annual honors and awards ceremony. Many
senators, faculty, and parents of students were there. MU recognized the
students for their academic achievements. They represent our best values
and expectations of them. It was exciting to see them polished, dressed
smartly, and in high spirits.
To end the semester, MU's graduation will occur this Saturday. Kevin
McCarthy as Harry S. Truman will speak. On the matter of plus/minus
grades, he said students are very apprehensive about senate's proposed
changes. They have expressed themselves several times and in several
ways. Caputo said there needs to be a lot of conversation in the Fall
between the faculty and students. Caputo called the semester productive
and thanked senators for all their work.
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Provost F. McNairy thanked senators for their patience as MU reviews the
new course and program approval policy (Attachment C). Meet and
Discuss approved a new parallel process that will expedite the timelines
in approving senate recommendations. The parallel process affects the
graduate and undergraduate level.
McNairy assured senate that MU will take no action at either level until
the appropriate school curriculum committee recommends it. Any
information that a dean gives a course or program proposer is only
information. The proposer needs to know the resource implications of a
proposal. Discussing the resource needs at an early stage of the course
and program development will expedite the whole course approval process.
MU expects the departments to address certain issues with the deans at
the beginning of the process of proposing a new course, changing credit
on an existing course, or a new program. We are focusing primarily on
courses because the approval process is much more extensive when a
professor develops a new degree program whether it is a minor, major,
certification program, etc. The faculty needs to know about the kinds of
issues that the Provost thinks the department and the deans should be
discussing at the beginning of the process. By the time a proposal
reaches the senate, the administration will know that everyone will have
addressed the curricular issues at each level.
This does mean more work for the faculty. It is necessary work to avoid
wasting dollars. MU expects that a conversation among the dean,
department chair, and proposer will take place that addresses the
appropriate questions. The dean can report about the conversation to the
associate provost. MU will be sure the departmnt has thought through the
Vice-President for Student Affairs
Vice-President for Student Affairs G. Reighard discussed the basketball
situation. The investigators are doing their work and the investigation
is proceeding. Reighard hopes that in a few months it will be completed.
MU had quite a Spring celebration with about 600 students participating
in the event. That Saturday night President J. Caputo made waffles for
students until 3:30 AM. The allocations process is complete. The
students allocated $900,000 in funds like mature adults. The students
were rather hard on each other this Spring. Unfortunately, MU had an
altercation on Saturday following a dance on campus. There will be about
8 to 10 arrests made before the incident is over. Some athletes were
MU is close to replacing Reighard with a new vice-president for student
affairs. Tomorrow and Thursday a final candidate for Reighard's position
is being invited back to campus. If everything works out the new person
could start as soon as the middle of the summer.
Parliamentarian C. Scharnberger said the banner across George street
warning car drivers to watch for pedestrians was helping. He asked about
painting the crosswalks at dangerous intersections. Reighard said that
each summer the Borough permits MU to paint the crosswalks.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs J. Stager discussed the
number of waiver requests that he has received in the last two weeks from
graduating students. He said there were more this semester than he had
ever seen before. He thought the reason was MU is making more use of the
DARS system. DARS is picking up problems that slipped by in the past.
Stager reminded senators of the following:
1. Zero level courses do not count toward the 120 hour requirement.
2. Math 101, College Algebra, does not count as a General Education
3. Biology 100 received as a Transfer could or could not have laboratory
4. Certain majors cannot meet the CQ requirement.
5. Advanced Writing is not the same as a writing course. They are not
6. Students must take two courses in one department in the three blocks.
7. Scuba and certain other HPED courses not General Education approved.
8. Once a student passes Calculus 1, he/she cannot take a course that is
a prerequisite for it.
MU plans to make DARS the official graduation vehicle as of the start of
the Fall semester. Students who plan to graduate will register for a
course called 999, Graduation. That course will become the student's
application for graduation. The application will generate a DARS audit
immediately after registration. if the audit does not clear the student,
MU will send her a letter saying that she has a problem. She will need
to see her advisor to get the problem corrected before the beginning of
their last semester. After the semester begins, MU will repeat the audit
and identify those students that have a problem. MU wants to avoid last
minute requests for waivers. It is working on the new procedures now.
Departments can generate DARS reports. Some information will be on the
MU WEB page. MU cannot afford to print all the DARS reports. In the
future it will send faculty advisors full information only on those
students who have problems. Also in the future MU will shorten the DARS
reports that it sends to advisors for students proceeding normally.
Stager said that DARS only completely cleared 50 percent of students for
graduation this semester. Most problems involved waivers of departmental
requirements in which the department never notified central
administration. MU needs to develop a process by which every waiver
granted at the departmental level must be sent to the proper people and
entered into the audit system.
MU recently passed an academic dishonesty policy. The next step is to
put together a brochure. Although MU has not done it yet, there will be
a brochure for faculty and another for students hopefully at the start of
the Fall semester.
Undergraduate Course and Program Review
Undergraduate Course and Program Review Committee chairperson T. Woo
introduced one course under the two meeting rule:
PSYC336:Psychology of Human Adjustment, an existing three credit
hour Liberal Arts Core and CQ course, seeking W designation if approved.
The proposer is asking that the effective date for the course be the Fall
Woo asked that the secretary put the following minor proposal on the
senate agenda for the next (11 July 1996) meeting:
African American Studies Proposal, an 18 credit hour minor
Graduate Course and Program Review Committee
Graduate Course and Program Review Committee chairperson, F. Erickson,
introduced a new program proposal:
Proposal for Master of Education Degree in Athletic Management and
Athletic Coaching. (The proposal is too large to attach to the
Erickson asked that the secretary place it on the agenda for the 11 July
1996 senate meeting.
Joint Senate Conference Committee
Joint Senate Conference Committee Chairperson J. Piperberg said his
committee met 1 May 1996 for the last time this semester. Piperberg
submitted the committee's annual report (see
Piperberg attached to the report a list of recommendations for student
membership on various senate committees for senate's approval. The
recommendations resulted from the committee's study of the matter over
the past year; committee chairs agree with the recommendations. If there
are any additions or changes, please advise Piperberg. He will submit
the recommended number of students and alternates for each committee to
student senate also. Chairperson D. Eidam noted that if the recommended
changes in the number of students on the various senate committees
differed from the Governance Manual senate would need to approve. Of
course, senate will take no action on recommendations for nonsenate
committees. A J. Piperberg motion for senate to approve the recommended
changes in the number of students on senate committees (only) passed.
The committee discussed a proposed four years to graduate contract with
students. The committee, with new student senators, will meet
fortnightly in the Fall in order to submit a report by 1 December 1996.
Academic Standards Committee
Academic Standards Committee chairperson J. Piperberg said the committee
will meet June 4 and 5, 1996. He will have a report of those meetings
for the 11 July 1996 senate meeting. Piperberg will make that report an
addendum to this year's annual report.
University Theme Committee
University Theme Committee Chairperson J. Piperberg said the committee
has selected a theme for 1999-2000. A student poposed the theme
originally without a faculty "shepherd." Now MU faculty have agreed to
shepherd the theme. The faculty members who submitted the other themes
will help this theme. The theme title is "Achievements Throughout the
Twentieth Century." Since the student will graduate before the year of
the theme, she will not be at MU. Piperberg thanked the student, Sondra
Groves, for submitting the theme. He hoped that she could come back to
see some of her events. P. Specht, Industry and Technology, and Robert
Coley, Ganser Library, will co-chair the theme. A J. Piperberg motion
that senate approve the proposed theme passed.
General Education Review Committee
General Education Review Committee Chairperson R. Wismer said the
committee completed its final report on the general education
curriculum. One copy was submitted to the senate chairperson. Another
was submitted to Provost F. McNairy. He can make a copy on floppy disk
available to senators if they submit a blank floppy disk to him. The
committee has not agenda for the summer. Wismer requested that the
committee's meeting time be listed (the same time as the UCPRC meetings).
Academic Outcome Assessment Committee
Academic Outcome Assessment Committee chairperson, R. Mainzer, said the
committee met several weeks ago. Mainzer asked that his committee's
meeting time be listed also. The committee meets the third Wednesdays of
each month, 4 to 5 PM. The committee is reinstituting a newsletter that
was done as of last year. The committee will talk to knowledgeable
people about how to do it electronically to save on paper. It is
planning a follow-up to a workshop that was held in 1995. In addition,
it is planning a workshop in the Spring about continuous improvement.
Academic Computing Advisory Committee
The senate's representative to the Academic Computing Advisory Committee,
R. Clark, presented the committee's annual report (see Attachment
C). The committee had five meetings over the year.
Senate approved two undergraduate courses:
ESCI320:Roads West: Geology, Technology, Society and the American
Experience, a new three credit hour General Education and Perspective
course to be in effect Fall 1995 and to be first offered Fall 1996.
HPED350:Sport in America, a new three credit hour General
Education and Writing course to be first offered in the Fall of 1996.
Chairperson D. Eidam said that the following course has been slightly
amended with respect to the rationale. He has the amended copy in case
anyone is interested. Senators have one more meeting to challenge the
following course before sente approves it:
HUMN302:Confession, Apology, Memoir: Autobiographical Writings in
the Greco-Roman World, a new three credit hour General Education and
Perspectives course to be first offered in the Spring of 1977 if
Senator C. McLeod said that assume senate passes the following
Communications and Theatre Department changes. Then for informational
purposes, he wanted the following reference in today's minutes.
Attachment D (page 4001 of the 16 April 1996 minutes) indicates that under
current requirement, "General Communication" is an option. In fact there
is no such option. "General Communication" in Attachment D refers to the
communication major. Senate passed the following agenda item:
Communications and Theatre Department Curricular Changes:the
changes involve corrections to the Department's blue sheets (see
Attachment D of the 16 April 1996 senate minutes).
Report of the Curriculum Cost Analysis Task
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, J. Stager, Task Force
chairperson, presented a summary of the 27 page report. It is too long
to attach to the minutes. C. Deen, R. Wismer, and D. Eidam, task force
members, attended today's meeting.
Stager said he had made today's presentation several times before at PAC,
Dean's Council, etc. On Thursday he will make another presentation at
the APSCUF representative council meeting. The task force was charged
with determining the cost of the General Education program. After the
task force met for a few months, it only tried to answer the simpler
question, "Why has the student faculty ratio at MU decreased?" Did the
General Education program alone cause the decline in the faculty student
ratio or were there other factors? What was the net cost of the decline?
The student faculty ratio decreased from 19.16 in 1988-89 to 17.71 in
1994-95. The last full year that the task force had data was 1994-95.
The seven year period encompassed the introduction of the new General
Education program. Another task force goal included providing accurate
data about faculty productivity and average class size. The task force
wanted to provide detailed information about departmental ratios and
The task force was not charged with making recommendations. It only made
observations to answer its charge. Another task force will come to the
senate in the future and make recommendations. A chart on page 2 of the
report shows where MU stands with respect to the student faculty ratio
compared to the SSHE average. Prior to 1986-87 MU had a higher student
faculty ratio than the SSHE. Since that time, MU has had a lower ratio.
While the two averages have gone down since 1986-87, MU's averages have
dropped even faster than the SSHE's did.
A chart on page 3 of the report shows a comparison of the student faculty
ratio with average class size. While a full time student takes 30
credits a year, a full time faculty member teaches 24 hours per year.
Since the ratio of 24 to 30 is 0.8, the student faculty ratio is 0.8 of
the average class size. to calculate the full time equivalent students,
divide the total student credit generation by 30. The calculation yields
about 6000 full time equivalent students out of 7500 heads. To determine
the number of full time equivalent faculty, divide the entire faculty
instructional load by 24. The resulting number is about 370, a number
larger than the number of regular full time faculty. Finally, to
calculate the student faculty ratio, divide the 6000 fte's by the full
time equivalent faculty.
Stager defined the term instructional faculty. he explained who was
included and excluded. D. Eidam is only a 0.75 faculty member since he
has reduced time as senate chairperson. Stager said it was a myth that
reducing MU's released time would help the student faculty ratios.
Released times have never counted in calculating the student faculty
ratios. They cost money but are not a factor in the decline of the
student faculty ratio.
The FTE faculty cost used was $52,000, approximately equivalent to the
salary and benefits of a new regular faculty member (Assistant Professor,
Step C). Chairperson D. Eidam said the task force is assuming that a
faculty member costs $52,000 a year. All the faculty member does for
$52,000 is teach 12 hours. The task force only defines productivity as
generating credits. If the task force insists on defining productivity
that way, then administrative productivity is zerio because they do not
generate any credits. Stager noted that on page 2 of the report, there
is the sentence, "It must be noted, and emphasized, that faculty
productivity is measured in more ways than simply direct instructional
hours in the classroom!"
The task force concluded that the drop in the student faculty ratio
occurred primarily because of the new General Eudcation program. The
feature of the General Education program that has been the main cause is
the devaluation of MU's 100 level courses. The 100 level courses are
larger than the 200 level courses. The smaller 200 level courses have
replaced the larger 100 level courses. That is a main effect of the new
curriculum. MU had a goal in increasing the number of 200 level courses
in the new curriculum. It was to stop the number of students who could
graduate from MU taking 90 per cent of their courses at the 100 level.
MU decreased the number of required hours in each of the three divisions
from 15 (five courses) to 12 (four courses). In the old General
Education curriculum, students would take relatively large classes at the
100 level. Retired professor P. Nichols taught Earth Science 101 in
McComsey Auditorium to 170 or more students. Now students will probably
take two laboratories since they have to take two sciences. We have
twice as many lab courses as we previously did. the lab courses are in
physics, chemistry, earth science, and not just in Biology as before.
Students take Math 100, now a small class; previously it was a large
class. They are no longer taking Earth Science 101-103. The student
faculty ratio in Earth Sciences has dropped from 39 to 1 to 24 to 1.
Music 100 no longer has several hundred students. It has been replaced
by small classes. The smaller writing classes are also having an
effect. The advanced writing courses that have been added have 30
students per class but there are a lot more of them than there were eight
years ago. Students are taking more writing desginated courses than we
expected. Students complain that they cannot get writing designated
courses. There are many writing designated courses that only have 15
students. Only a few have more than 30. If there are, the faculty
themselves allowed the students to attend. The administration does not
put more than 30 students in a writing course.
Report of the Class Schedule Audit Task Force
(Dr. A. Hoffman, chair)--Returned to the Agenda.
Proposal for Changes in MU's Class Attendance/Grading
Policy--Returned to the Agenda.
The Academic Policies Committee is recommending changes in MU's class
attendance/grading policy (see Attachment A,
pp. 3991-3993, of the 16 April 1996 senate minutes).
Senate adjourned at 5:45 PM. The next meeting will be Thursday,
11 July 1996, from 4:05-5:45 p.m. in Roddy Science Center, room
Marvin Margolis, Secretary
| VP Acad Affairs
| VP Student Affairs
| Assoc VP Acad Affairs
| Joint Senate
| Academic Standards
| University Theme
| Gen. Ed. Review
| Academic Outcomes Assessment
| Academic Computing
...|Curriculum Cost Analysis
|Class Schedule Audit